Visual Development for the Newsboy story started with an initial premise about a newsboy befriending a quirky inventor. Originally, the plot followed that of "The Wicked Prince" fairy tale.
For the settings, I wanted to create a fictional 20th-century port city inspired by the Art Deco movement and Dieselpunk. I wanted to evoke the excitement of a new century after industrialization in a Western-based environment.
The characters were inspired by iconic archetypes from early cinema and 1900s Western pop culture, such as the Newsie, Rosie the Riveter, Citizen Kane, etc. Their designs would also draw from Mother Goose nursery rhymes to evoke the fairy tale essence of the original concept.